What are the aims of teaching Geography?
The National Curriculum describes the purpose of teaching Geography as:
A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
- understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
- are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
- collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
- interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.
Geography at Bramley St Peter’s
At Bramley St Peter’s we understand the importance of Geography in our everyday lives. Our curriculum is designed to allow children to build upon previous knowledge and skills, while engaging them in the wider world and local environment. We aim to secure a balanced geography curriculum so that teaching and learning includes both core knowledge (facts, vocabulary, places and names) and a sense of place (emotions, values and opinions) as well as incorporating fieldwork skills. This will embed Geography learning into children’s long term memory. We plan our Geography topics through an enquiry based approach so that Geography engages the child and develops important Geographical skills. We always strive to provide stimulating experiences, ensuring that field trips are part of the geography curriculum wherever possible.